Nisha Marvel, WSDOT Aviation communications, 360-651-6310
Three state-managed airports are dedicating resources and facilities in the effort to fight the wildfires burning in central Washington.
In Leavenworth, the Washington State Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the Lake Wenatchee State Airport to the public, designating it as a staging area for emergency-response helicopters and personnel.
Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop and Tieton State Airport in Yakima also serve as staging areas for firefighting helicopters. Two military helicopters—one Blackhawk and one Chinook—are also operating at the Methow airport.
Methow, Lake Wenatchee and Tieton are three of the 16 airports WSDOT manages across the state. In addition to supporting emergency services, the airports provide recreational opportunities, access to remote communities and benefits to local economies.